Apps

  • Want To Build A Startup? Entrepreneurs & App Developers Are Going B2B

    Want To Build A Startup? Entrepreneurs & App Developers Are Going B2B

    You may have heard someone say, or said yourself: “I want to build a business, what should I focus on?” Obviously, the possible answers are nearly infinite. Steve Poland wrote a great post in December that addresses this question directly. I would agree with Steve’s main piece of advice for founders and entrepreneurs: Focus on problems. Start with a space you know, and… Read More

  • iCloud’s App Search Engine: A First Step To A Cloud-Enabled Phone

    iCloud’s App Search Engine: A First Step To A Cloud-Enabled Phone

    Apple has built a search engine for apps. It’s called iCloud – or more technically, it’s one aspect of the overall iCloud service. Using it, you can search through every app you have installed on your iOS device or have ever purchased in the past. And it’s available on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch right now. The average smartphone user has 64 mobile apps installed… Read More

  • Appifier Launches New Service That Turns WordPress Sites Into Mobile Apps

    Appifier Launches New Service That Turns WordPress Sites Into Mobile Apps

    Appifier is a new service, previously in beta, that turns WordPress sites into mobile apps. That’s not mobile websites, mind you, but actual mobile applications complete with push notifications, offline access, Twitter and Facebook sharing, plus a native look, feel and speed. Unlike many DIY app creators (and there are many), Appifier isn’t doing a freemium offering. You can test… Read More

  • Corel Launches AfterShot Pro, A $99 Aperture Competitor

    Corel Launches AfterShot Pro, A $99 Aperture Competitor

    Corel’s new AfterShot Pro software runs on Windows, Mac, Linux(!) and offers a $99 package for managing photos including RAW handling, image editing, and quick library management. AfterShot is a digital photography workflow app like Aperture and Lightroom. It’s chock full of goodies like a complete RAW workflow, flexible management, advanced non-destructive editing, robust… Read More

  • Scheming Intentions

    Scheming Intentions

    From Vannevar Bush to PageRank, the World Wide Web was built on hypertext, the notion that any morsel of information can link to any other. But that was always only a dream, and a rapidly-dissipating one of late. Nowadays even Web links are likely to terminate at warnings, paywalls or registration screens. Anil Dash rages that “Facebook is gaslighting the Web” with its treatment… Read More

  • Apptopia’s New Marketplace Will Help Broker Sales Of Mobile Apps

    Apptopia’s New Marketplace Will Help Broker Sales Of Mobile Apps

    Remember the news from earlier this week about a mobile app developer who turned to eBay to unload his underperforming iOS app? (Update: the app is now up to $15,100+!) Well, there will soon be an alternative to eBay auctions for other developers looking to do the same.  A new marketplace called Apptopia will launch in February, allowing developers to sell their mobile apps, source code… Read More

  • Augmented Reality App Instantly Translates Foreign Text On Signs, Menus

    Augmented Reality App Instantly Translates Foreign Text On Signs, Menus

    If you ever wanted to be able to read text on a street sign or on a menu in a restaurant when abroad, your smartphone might be able to help you soon. Japanese electronics company Omron has developed a smartphone application that can instantly translate (short) foreign texts you come across – firing up the app and pointing the phone’s camera at the text in question is enough. Omron… Read More

  • A Web Of Apps

    A Web Of Apps

    It is remarkable to think that we’re in the early days of the app era, when there are already close to 600,000 iOS applications and nearly 400,000 on Android. The growth of these app ecosystems has been rapid, exponential and shows no signs of slowing down. As well it shouldn’t: the untapped, addressable market for mobile apps involves hundreds of millions of users. And yet… Read More

  • Mobilewalla: The Highest Rated Mobile Apps Of 2011

    Mobilewalla: The Highest Rated Mobile Apps Of 2011

    Mobile analytics firm Mobilewalla has ranked the top apps across all four mobile platforms for 2011, using its own ranking system known at the “Mobilewalla Score.” Instead of looking at raw user ratings, this scoring system is an algorithm that analyzes a variety of factors in addition to ratings, including an app’s position within its own category, volume, social media… Read More

  • Genius: New App Wakes You Up Earlier If It Snowed Last Night

    Genius: New App Wakes You Up Earlier If It Snowed Last Night

    This is smart: a new alarm clock application for the iPhone and Android wakes you earlier if it snowed last night. Called simply, “Winter Wake-Up,” the app lets you configure its settings to wake you up earlier than your scheduled alarm depending on weather conditions, with separate settings for both “Frost” and “Snow.” Read More

  • iPhone App Downloads In November Up 83% Over Last Year

    iPhone App Downloads In November Up 83% Over Last Year

    Marketing technology company Fiksu tracked the impact of the iPhone 4S on iPhone app downloads and found that download volume of the top 200 free apps increased 15% from October’s previous record high of 4.91 million daily downloads. In November, the firm’s “App Store Competitive Index,” which measures this trend, peaked at 5.65 million downloads per day – the… Read More

  • Apps Are Media

    Apps Are Media

    Apps have taken over the world. If you doubt that just take a look at this app map by Horace Dediu at Asymco which shows the 123 countries in the world where iPhones are available. Of course, anywhere you can get an iPhone, you can get an iPhone app. Like the Web, apps are distributed globally. But when it comes to “media” like books, music, and movies, the distribution is much… Read More

  • Last-Minute Gift Guide 2011: iOS Apps

    Last-Minute Gift Guide 2011: iOS Apps

    Looking for a quick last-minute gift? Not feeling up to fighting the holiday traffic, crowds and checkout lines? Just too lazy busy to shop? Then you may want to consider giving the gift of an iOS app. You can gift any paid app from iTunes on your computer or from the app’s description page on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Just scroll down past the screenshot and look for the… Read More

  • Distimo’s Year-End Report Shows Why Developers Love iOS: iPhone 4x Android Revenue, iPad 2x

    Distimo’s Year-End Report Shows Why Developers Love iOS: iPhone 4x Android Revenue, iPad 2x

    There are now over a million mobile applications available across the top seven major app stores, according to mobile analytics firm Distimo in its year-end report for 2011. And, not surprisingly, the iTunes App Store is still the one to beat, especially if you’re a developer looking to make a profit. The iPhone App Store generates about four times the revenue that is generated by the… Read More

  • Sunday Is The Best Day To Launch Your Mobile App

    Sunday Is The Best Day To Launch Your Mobile App

    According to new research from mobile analytics service Mobilewalla, Sunday is the best day to release a mobile app, but Wednesday is the most popular day among developers. The company studied the apps released in the iTunes App Store and Android Market over a 17-week period between May 16th and September 8th, 2011, to determine its findings. During this time, there were 91,754 iOS apps… Read More

  • Cloth Lets You Store Your “Outfits” In Your “Phone”

    Cloth Lets You Store Your “Outfits” In Your “Phone”

    If you are a “female” you apparently choose clothing in the form of “outfits,” a sort of ritualized selection process that allows you to look “good” in a different set of clothes each day. While I subscribe to Thoreau’s maxim – “Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and, incidentally, when your neighbors come over to your place… Read More

  • If Freemium Is In, Then Why Do Paid Apps Still Reign Supreme?

    If Freemium Is In, Then Why Do Paid Apps Still Reign Supreme?

    Earlier today, we posted on some data from Pando Networks that shows that free-to-play online games, often overlooked in the hype around social and casual games, are growing just as fast and as furiously around the globe as their counterparts. Obviously, much of this has to do with the industry’s transition from paid to freemium models — the examples of which are numerous not only… Read More

  • Think Openspace Launching A Brick And Mortar App Store Is A Silly Idea? Think Again.

    Think Openspace Launching A Brick And Mortar App Store Is A Silly Idea? Think Again.

    Yes, when you think of an “app store”, you probably picture iTunes, the Android Marketplace, or even the Chrome Web App Store or GetJar. That’s because apps live in our browsers and on our mobile devices, right? Sort of. Robert Reich, the Co-founder and CEO of Openspace looks down the road and sees the app-ification of everything — a time when apps will become more… Read More

  • Microsoft Kinectimals Appears On The iPhone, As Cute As Can Be

    Microsoft Kinectimals Appears On The iPhone, As Cute As Can Be

    Microsoft has ported Kinectimals, the Xbox 360 game that involves the care and feeding of dangerous animals in the wild, to the iPhone, suggesting that (at least in the short term) even Microsoft sees the value of releasing on iOS. The $2.99 game recreates the Xbox version fairly faithfully but without the Kinect motion controls. Interestingly, the app also allows you to “unlock”… Read More

  • Destroy Your Friends With FaceInvaders

    Destroy Your Friends With FaceInvaders

    Do you hate your Facebook friends? Do you want to blow them all up in fiery blasts of laser light? Sure, we all do. FaceInvaders allows you to shoot down your social graph. The game is a simple Space Invaders clone with a twist – each alien is a face randomly selected from your Facebook account. You shoot down friends hither and yon, allowing you to passive-aggressively destroy the… Read More